What Is A Tour?
All tours are non-competitive and designed to be fun, sociable occasions that encourage members to gather together and drive their pre-war cars (hopefully in good weather!) on a pre-defined route or on a route of their choice to visit local beauty spots, interesting buildings or attractions.
A typical tour will take in a rural route, at a leisurely pace, through beautiful countryside and may visit a number of locations such as a steam fair, aircraft museum, water mill or a vineyard. Fear not, a suitable lunch stop is always included!
For those who are seeking more of an adventure, we also organise multi-day overseas tours each year. Previous tours have visited the Pyrenees and Brittany, with an Alsace having hosted the 2014 event. They provide members with a structured and fun touring holiday with like-minded Club members, taking in some of the most interesting and little-known parts of Europe.
Where Are Our Tours?
Our touring calendar has a couple of mainstays which are permanent fixtures in the calendar, such as visits to Scotland and Derbyshire.
Areas we have visited in the past include Shropshire, Kent, Yorkshire, North Wales, Norfolk and The Wye Valley.
Why Enter A Tour?
Tours are a great social occasion and a very good way to get involved with the VSCC and actively use your pre-war car.
Some thoughts from Club members:
‘Well we had a great day out - lovely and varied scenery (ditto cars), excellent pub lunch, friendly folks, and a super barbecue to round all off. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it go like clockwork.’ Giles Hedley
‘I should like to add our thanks to all who helped to make a most enjoyable event. There is definitely a place for tours as well as navigation rallies and the scatter tour worked very well for us. The barbecue also gave a great opportunity for socialising at the end before going our separate ways. We even missed the Silverstone traffic on the way home!’ Neil Thorp
‘What a great day out. With the organisers, we made around 50 cars showing how popular these excellent tours are becoming. For those of us that know the area covered well, we went to places we didn't know existed - the true test of a successful tour although paying 30p to enter Linconshire was a bit much . I asked the bloke in the Toll Booth for 1928 rates but he wasn't keen. Not competitive in any way, of course, but Malcolm & I reckon we won the 'who can put the hood up fastest' competition when the rain arrived at the Bottle & Glass' Steve Jones
How Do I Enter?
As with all VSCC events, there are three ways you can enter:
- Online (click here)
- Download a PDF entry form and send it back by either post or email (details at the bottom of this page)
- Send an SAE to the club office for an entry form (address at the bottom of this page)
In terms of memberships and licenses, you are required to be a VSCC member, but will not need a MSA Competition Licence. Passengers are not required to be members.
Drivers are required to be at least 17 years old and hold a full driving licence. The minimum age for passengers is 12 years old in the front of the car and two years old upwards in a child seat in the rear.
There is no requirement for cars to have a VSCC eligibility document (buff form) and all pre-war cars are welcome.
If an event is over subscribed we select the final entries in line with the Club's selection criteria (click here)
There are no technical requirements for cars taking part in tours; however, we do recommend you consider carrying a small fire extinguisher.
Cars must be road legal and taxed.
Tours were initially known as treasure hunts within the VSCC, with the first recorded event taking place on 20 October 1935.
After being under-supported for a number of years, they have recently benefited from significant growth within the VSCC, making them an important part of the annual calendar. Thanks to the dedicated band of organisers scattered all over the country we are blessed with a selection of events every year which offer participants a variety of ‘flavours’ and take them to parts of the country they may not otherwise adventure into!
Tours have a relatively small requirement for marshals. They do, however, require a committed core organising team who are responsible for compiling the route, sourcing the start, finish and lunch halt venues, signing on participants and checking the cars are road-worthy.